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Couples stole $120,000 in jewelry, police say

Naomi Havlen

Police spent Tuesday morning canvassing Aspen’s commercial core in search of shoplifters who allegedly stole an estimated $120,000 worth of merchandise from five local stores this week.Merchants victimized in the shoplifting spree described the thieves as a man and a woman, although police suspect more than one couple was involved.The items taken were furs and jewelry; police would not release any more details or the names of the stores involved. The suspects did seem to be specifically targeting that type of high-end retailer, said Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley.Police learned about three of the thefts on Monday, and two on Tuesday morning. Ten officers from the Aspen Police Department and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office began looking for the suspects Tuesday after shops continued to call in missing items.”One business [Monday] reported things missing, but nobody realized things were being stolen while it was happening – they realized it after people left their store,” said Aspen police officer Dan Davis.Davis said he thinks that there were probably two couples involved because there were two very different descriptions from shop owners.Saying the case is under investigation, police investigators would not release detailed descriptions of the suspects.Davis said the first shop clerk he talked with Tuesday morning told him that a man took her to the back of the store to look at merchandise while the woman stayed in the front portion of the store and is believed to have swiped various items. Police have no other information about how the couple took jewelry and furs out of the stores. Investigators believe the suspects probably left town on Tuesday around noon.Law enforcement officials in Breckenridge and Vail have been warned that the shoplifters may be headed their way. Crowley said last winter suspects who shoplifted here were arrested in Breckenridge.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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